Remember Remember the 5th of November…. Bonfire Night (for many of us) was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather and yet another storm rolling into the south east, but we do hope some of you were able to see a display! On that note, our farm yard lights and decorations will be installed at the end of this month so do pop by if you’re in the area.

Storm Ciarán certainly caused havoc this month and left us without power for a short spell; It also left debris, fallen trees and damage across the area; so thank you to the farming team who were out and helping to clear the roads. With such wet and windy weather, we are fortunate to have already cultivated all the fields and planted a few crops for next year; so we can move steadily into planning and maintenance mode at the farm in preparation for next season. Once the storms pass and skies do clear, we look forward to the first frost, after which we can get to work on the hops for next season.

‘In from the fields’ is also very positive as we prepare the shop for Christmas. As mentioned in October’s Newsletter, we already have some stunning designs for our Christmas wreaths this year BUT our florists have gone even further and created table arrangements, Christmas garlands and home decorations to match them!

Take a look at the Christmas links on our website or come down and take part in one of our festive workshops. The shop is also starting to ‘twinkle’ and ‘sparkle’ as we ‘deck the halls with boughs of holly’ and stock the shelves with wreath making materials, Christmas decorations, gifts and plenty of festive sundries…

Finally, we’re starting preparations in the farm yard for our annual, open-air Carol Singing on Sunday 17th December at 2.30pm, conducted by David Flood, supported by our own string quartet. Raising money and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, with free mince pies and mulled wine to keep your vocal cords warm. So if you are in the Canterbury area, you are more than welcome to wrap up, pop down to the farm and join us (and do not worry, you’re not obliged to sing).